Mariano Rivera had a bad case of John Wetteland’s Disease tonight. In other words he loaded the bases in the ninth with the tying run on third before getting the best clutch hitter in baseball to pop up.
I was disturbed by yesterday’s loss, though. It wasn’t even close. Joe Torre brought in a bunch of minor leaguers to pitch, and they let the game get way out of reach. He didn’t bring in a single one of his better relievers. I understand that he has to manage his bullpen so they don’t get exhausted, but what on earth is he saving them for? If they’re not available to pitch against the first place team in a pennant race, when are they available? Let them rest against Baltimore next week. The Yankees needed to win that game, but two out of three in Boston is acceptable.